Sunday, June 19, 2011

Out Of Order

Howdy folks! Just a quick note to let y'all know that we're working on updating the blog's appearance, and we should be done in the next few days—we finally got fed up with the tiny photographs we were forced to use before. Our sincerest apologies to anyone who's been caught off guard by the change ...or who lucked out and saw some of the horrible revisions that took place this morning. Ideally, we would make these alterations behind the scenes, but Blogger doesn't really allow much room for that sorta thing.

In the meantime, enjoy this brief post showcasing two recent acquisitions that had been on Valery's wantlist for a long time: an original Giano-Giano-Vano side table produced by Artemide and designed by Schweinberger (1966), and two Twiggy -esque mannequin heads produced in  France. Thanks again, Marc and Genz!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wired Up

With work, school and wedding planning conspiring to eat up all of our free time, we haven't had much of a chance to keep up with records. Here are the meager offerings we've got to show for the past few months.

Here's a promo copy of Hector's Wired Up 45 w/ a three-page press-kit! Valery had been looking for this one for a while, so she was really happy to get a pristine copy with this uncommon li'l extra.

Finally scored a copy of Sanford Clark's menacing It's Nothing to Me—and all it set me back was $5 off a set sale list. Hands-down one of my favorite 45s outta my native copper state. This copy of The Zoo gets us that much closer to sewing up our Mickey Lee Lane collection ...anyone have a copy of Hey Sah-Lo-Nay up for grabs? Oh, and that mint, stock copy of the Malibu's' Cry came from our buddy Jason as his half of a trade we made last year ...that I'd completely forgotten about. Needless to say, I could use a few more pleasant surprises of that caliber. Thanks again, Jason!

Finally got Andrew Klimek's Felt Hammer EP for the nice price, and the Monte Carmont single was a punky slice (not much dancing) from 1980 that I'd never heard of prior to spying it at my pal Ryan's Ryebread Rodeo. Excellent and recommended!

Lastly, I turned up this copy of the Dils' I Hate the Rich single recently for $5. Easily one of the best record swap scores in recent memory, as it's a first-press copy with the distinctive Oils sleeve. Somehow, I'd never managed to find one of these the entire time I lived in Los Angeles. Our buddy Mike found this copy of Starshooter's debut 45 in a Phoenix antique store. A few months of persistent, friendly reminders resulted in him passing it along gratis. Thanks again, Mike!

That's it for now!

***Update: Looks like I misspoke earlier, as our French Flickr buddy Laurent sent along a package containing all manner of Starshooter records ...for FREE! Merci!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Smashed Blocked

Valery and I have been together for nearly two years, so in keeping with the anniversary gift she gave me a few weeks ago, I returned the favor with the following: the original art for a Florida highway safety ad from the 60s. This whopper measures 28 x 40 and is hand-painted with tempera paints. Info on the artist, Maggie Wesley, is nowhere to be found. Of course, anyone with additional information is strongly encouraged to drop us a line. Please!

We had spotted this painting a while back, and even though we both really liked it, its condition left a lot to be desired. I kept it in the back of my mind and took a chance—luckily, the art framed up pretty well, with the exception of the small chunk missing at the top right-hand corner. Ideally, we'd love to get it restored to something closer to its former glory, but this will have to do for now.

Here it is on permanent display—it now serves as a warning to all those brave souls entering the downstairs record room!